Shopian Observes Shutdown

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Normal Life remained crippled Monday in South Kashmir’s Shopian district as a shutdown was observed by the people to press for the demand of relocation of CRPF camp from the Gagran area of the town.

Five people were killed by the troopers of 14 Bn of CRPF personnel outside their camp at Gagran on 7th and 11th of September this year. Government later announced a judicial probe into the incident headed by retired High Court judge M L Koul.

According to KNS reports, complete shutdown was observed in Shopian with most of the schools, shops and other business establishments remaining closed. A thin vehicular movement was also witnessed in the town.

During evening hours, youth gathered near Jamait-e-Ahlihadith mosque and started shouting pro-freedom and pro-Islamic slogans, demanding removal of CRPF camp and release of detained Hurriyat leader Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, who was arrested yesterday in Srinagar allegedly on charges of leading protests in Shopian.

Some locals from the area told KNS that although CRPF has started the relocation process but Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police has started to occupy the place.

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